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This cast glass sculpture has been ground and polished into a lens-like surface on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. It gives an interesting, slightly distorted upside-down view of the world when things are seen at a distance through it, and works like a magnifying glass with things when it is held close to them.

I first made a ceramic head and created a mold of it with a special sand mix. I then poured molten glass into the mold and annealed the glass for 4 days before I could grind and polish the surface on a belt sander. The original head in which I cast this piece has sold, so I'll never make another cast like this one. You can see the original head in ceramic here: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/67863594

The main details of the face have a little bit of sand and texture fused into them, giving a nice contrast to the smooth, clear polish. The optics of it are not perfect like a magnifying lens, so it won't make a fire by focusing sunlight (at least not through my testing with it).

It's a fascinating object that is very fun to move around and see in different places with different backgrounds. It is ground flat on the bottom, so it stands upright, and also makes a great paperweight the magnifies and distorts the images or text on the paper beneath it. Send me a message if you'd like to see more images of it. Pieces like this are tricky to photograph well, it's strong physical presence is entrancing in a way that the photographs hardly show.

Glass Face Optical Art, Polished Lens Like Sand Cast Head Sculpture Suncatcher Paperweight


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sand, cast, glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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